Dipak Patel (cricketer)

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Dipak Patel
Personal information
Full nameDipak Narshibhai Patel
Born (1958-10-25) 25 October 1958 (age 60)
Nairobi, Kenya Colony
BattingRight-handed
BowlingOff-break
RoleAll-rounder
RelationsKaushik Patel (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 161)20 February 1987 v West Indies
Last Test17 March 1997 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 56)18 March 1987 v West Indies
Last ODI20 May 1997 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1976–1986Worcestershire
1985/86–1994/95Auckland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 37 75 358 347
Runs scored 1,200 623 15,188 5,567
Batting average 20.68 11.75 29.95 19.32
100s/50s 0/5 0/1 26/66 1/17
Top score 99 71 204 125
Balls bowled 6,594 3,251 47,767 12,158
Wickets 75 45 654 250
Bowling average 42.05 50.24 33.23 32.99
5 wickets in innings 3 0 27 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 2 0
Best bowling 6/50 3/22 7/46 5/27
Catches/stumpings 15/– 23/– 193/– 102/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 February 2017

Dipak Narshibhai Patel (Gujarati: દિપક પટેલ; born 25 October 1958) is a Kenyan-born former New Zealand cricketer, who played 37 Tests and 75 One Day Internationals for the New Zealand cricket team. He is the current spin Bowling Coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League for 2018.

Since retiring in 1997, he has coached at a provincial (first-class) level in New Zealand, notably for Central Districts and the New Zealand under 19 team.[citation needed]

Patel is not related to current New Zealand international cricketer Jeetan Patel, although his cousin Harshad represented Worcestershire in 1985.[1]

Domestic career[edit]

A stylish[citation needed] middle order batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler, Patel started playing for Worcestershire in 1976, having moved to England in 1968. He continued to play for them until 1986, playing 236 first-class matches, scoring 9734 runs at 29.23, and taking 357 wickets at 36.66.[2][3]

In the 1985/86 season, his first playing for Auckland, he scored 174 on debut, the highest ever debut score for the province.[4] In his first two seasons in New Zealand, he scored 1234 runs at 38.56 and took 42 wickets at 26.69, so it was no surprise that he was called up to the Test team.

International career[edit]

Ignored by England's national selectors, Patel emigrated to New Zealand in 1986, although he had spent the last six winters in New Zealand, and this enabled him to qualify to play international cricket for New Zealand straight away[citation needed].

Patel made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1987; he scored 18 and 20, both times being dismissed by Courtney Walsh, and bowled 3 overs,[5] he made his ODI debut in the series that followed.[6] His highest score in Tests came when he was run out for 99 against England in 1992,[7] his best bowling figures of 6 for 50 also came in 1992 against Zimbabwe.[8]

In the 1992 World Cup, he was used as an opening bowler, initially against Australia, in an attempt to counteract the tactic of hitting over the in-field during the first 15 overs; this strategy paid off, and he was often used in the same role in other matches.[9][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Harshad Patel at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  2. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding for each Team by Dipak Patel". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  3. ^ "First-class Bowling for each Team by Dipak Patel". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Scorecard: Canterbury v Auckland". www.cricketarchive.com. 6 January 1986. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Scorecard: New Zealand v West Indies". www.cricketarchive.com. 20 February 1987. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Scorecard: New Zealand v West Indies". www.cricketarchive.com. 18 March 1987. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Scorecard: New Zealand v England". www.cricketarchive.com. 18 January 1992. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Scorecard: Zimbabwe v New Zealand". www.cricketarchive.com. 7 November 1992. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Rare: New Zealand vs England World Cup 1992 HQ Extended Highlights (15 March 1992)". YouTube. TV One. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  10. ^ Longley, Geoff (3 August 2013). "1992 Cricket World Cup Memories". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 21 February 2015.

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